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Mandate of HeavenCOVENANT AND THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN

An In-Depth Comparative Cultural Study of Judaism and China

Excerpts from the Introduction

This book is an in-depth, comparative cultural study of Judaism and China from the earliest times to the present. It juxtaposes ancient Chinese records with biblical and Hebrew literature and progresses to show how these two cultures were interrelated. They shared many similar, if not identical, customs, ceremonies, and rituals.

Judaism and Chinese belief have a combined recorded and uninterrupted history of over eight thou- sand years, and a comprehensive comparison would have entailed several volumes. That was beyond the scope of this book. Events that demonstrated a high probability of cultural relationship guided my writing. Some people may call them coincidences, but when a chain of coincidences displays an unmistakable pattern, one wonders if they were coincidences at all.

On a personal level, writing this book constantly challenged me with the implied link between these two cultures. I could not look at Judaism from a purely Jewish point of view, nor could I look at Chinese belief from a purely Chinese point of view. Somewhere and sometime in the distant past, these two cultures emanated from one source.

My goal is to treat readers to a unique way of looking at China and Judaism, from inside out, as experienced by those who live with the cul- tures. I hope that readers also take a renewed interest in Judaism and China and look at them from a completely fresh point of view, not as two “fos- sils”7 but as two vibrant cultures linked by invisible bonds to survive and flourish to the present day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The San Diego Jewish World (Dec 9, 2008) wrote: “His analysis of Chinese and Hebrew sources [“Kaifeng Stone Inscriptions”] led him to a link between biblical wisdom literature and the Chinese Annals of the Way and Virtue, written between 604 and 531 BCE. … Whether Weisz’s research is compelling will require a review by a scholar whose knowledge of ancient Chinese classics and Middle Eastern sources and documents equals that of Tiberiu Weisz.”
…Weisz’s background, his fluency in Chinese and Hebrew as well as his college teaching of Hebrew History and Chinese Religion, provides him with a new and unique approach to the subject…

BOOK DETAILS
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • Format: Paperback | 243 pages
  • Publication date: 3 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington IN
  • ISBN 10: 0595444504
  • ISBN 13: 9780595444502

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The Jewish-Chinese Nexus: A Meeting of Civilizations

M. Avrum Ehrlich (Editor)  | Routledge Jewish Studies Series

THIS BOOK WILL PROVIDE THE REQUIRED UNDERSTANDING TO BUILD A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ONE OF THE LARGEST PEOPLE GROUPS IN THE WORLD, THE CHINESE.

Like two streams of river flowing through history, the two great civilizations of the Jews and Chinese merit more research from both sides. It is my belief that this nexus goes back all the way to the roots and the beginnings of each of these peoples. Published by Routledge in 2008, this is a significant book that draws out the important patterns and themes in common which will pave the way for fruitful cooperation and mutual respect. I agree that the development of Jewish studies in China and the translation of Jewish texts into Chinese and vice versa will be one of the most exciting things to happen.

Editorial Reviews
The Jewish Chinese Nexus explores through a collection of articles the nexus between two of the oldest, intact, starkly contrasting and most interesting civilizations on earth; Jews and Chinese.

This volume studies how they are interacting in modernity; how they view each other and what areas of cooperation are evolving between their scholars, activists and politicians and what talents, qualities and social assets are being recognized on each side for the purpose of cooperation and exchange.

Featuring contributions from some of the most important scholars and activists from China and from around the Jewish Diaspora, the essays purview China related themes including the fascination of Chinese with Jews and Judaism and its potential value in Chinese national and religious reconstruction; religious and ethnic identity; East – West interactions. It deals with the growing Jewish community in China and its impact as well as the development of Jewish studies in China and the translation of Jewish texts into Chinese and their impact.

The work is a first of its kind, identifying an emerging meeting point between these two people and arguing that despite the giant contrasts in their national constructs they have nonetheless other important patterns and themes in common which pave the way for fruitful cooperation and mutual respect.

About the Author

M. Avrum Ehrlich is a full professor of Jewish Thought at the Centre of Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies at the Department of Religion at Shandong University, a government funded national centre for Inter-religious research in Jinan, China. Ehrlich is a theologian, social philosopher and scholar of classic Jewish texts as well as being involved in training Chinese scholars to understand and translate Jewish concepts and classics into Chinese.

Product Details
* Hardcover: 328 pages
* Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 14, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0415457157
* ISBN-13: 978-0415457156

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